23 NOV 2017

The Skills Show

Kent Messenger Column - 23-11-17 

I've been pressing the case for apprenticeships for many years; they offer unique avenues into long-term careers and they are exciting skills-based pathways allowing people to earn an income as they learn a valuable vocation.

I was therefore delighted to be appointed the Chair of the Government's Apprenticeship Diversity Champions Network. The ADCN works alongside the National Apprenticeship Service and brings together a fantastic array of companies committed to championing the drive toward more apprenticeships, particularly for underrepresented groups. Click here if your business is interested in becoming a member of this very special network.

One of my first activities in the new role was to attend the 'Skills Show' at the NEC in Birmingham, and it was truly something to behold; placing thousands of young people amidst a conference centre packed full of employers hungry for new talent.

Students could try their hand at a whole raft of skills including; aeronautical engineering, TV Production, bricklaying, welding and floristry – there's diversity for you! There was also expert advice on hand to help them plot a career path.

Apprenticeships can be life changing for our young people, and they are the future lifeblood of so many industries, inspiring loyalty in new employees whilst providing really valuable bespoke training. I would therefore encourage students and employers in and around my constituency of Maidstone and the Weald to think seriously about the possibilities that apprenticeships can provide.

I am currently working with my neighbouring MP Tracey Crouch on a project to highlight the apprenticeship opportunities that exist for our young people locally, so watch this space! There's much more about apprenticeship opportunities here and readers may also want to diarise the forthcoming National Apprenticeship Show for the Kent and Essex region on 20th and 21st March 2018 at the County Show Ground.

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